Bo Scott

Bo Scott was a big, strong, fast running back who joined the Roughriders as a halfback at the end of the 1964 season just in time to be their leading rusher in a 36-0 trouncing of the Toronto Argonauts in the last game of the season. He gained 71 yards on just two carries.  He also played a leading roll in the playoffs, in Ottawa's 27-0 shutout of Montreal in the East Semi-Final and their 30-13 defeat of Hamilton in the first game of the East final.  Unfortunately, the Rough Riders could not hold off a resurgent Hamilton in the second game. Scott played all 14 games in 1965, having an excellent early game against Montreal in which he made the longest run of the season in the East, eighty-two yards. He finished third in rushing with 672 yareds behind Dave Thelen of Toronto and Ottawa team-mate Jim Dillard.  He contributed two late touchdowns on long runs against Montreal in the East Semi-Final as Ottawa again won convincingly 36-7, and a crushing block to free Ron Stewart for his team's only touchdown in a losing effort in the second of two East Final games, both losses to Hamilton. In 1966, Ottawa was the powerhouse of the East.  Scott led Ottawa in rushing and finished fourth in the East in rushing with 641 yards. Scott contributed powerful running in the 76-17 two game East Final humiliation of Hamilton, bBut Rough Rider rushing was ineffective in the Grey Cup loss to Saskatchewan.  There was a shuffle in the Ottawa running game to try and remedy this problem.  Dillard was traded to Toronto, and when Rick Black was injured early in the season Scott moved to fullback as his replacement.  He had an excellent 1967 season, leading the East in rushing with 762 yards, and finishing second in scoring in the East with 60 points (behind Tommy Joe Coffey with 107 points, though Coffey also did the placekicking). Ottawa, however, finished second to Hamilton and were once again beaten in the play-offs. Scott had his best season in 1968, with 911 yards in only 11 games, missing three games with an early injury.  Scott finished second in the East in rushing that year behind Bill Symons of Toronto.  he contributed over 120 yards rushing to opening 53-13 massacre of Hamilton, who dropped to third place.  For most of the season he and Vic Washington formed a potent one-two rushing combination, and between them they gained over 260 yards in the season final against Toronto, clinching first place.  In the play-offs Scott was less effective, gaining only 28 yards on 15 carries in the Grey Cup, whereas Washington scored on the game's longest run in its history. His performance was good enough for him to find a starting place in the Cleveland Browns' backfield beside Leroy Kelly, and he had two 600-yard plus seasons.  Had he stayed in the CFL, there would have been thousand-plus seasons and a hall-of-fame place, no doubt.   As it was, Scott won four East All-Star honours (1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968) and two CFL All-Stars honours (1966 and 1967). Scott finished with 3057 career yards rushing in the CFL.

NFL stats for Bo Scott

Games Played, Rushing and Receiving
Year Team GP TC Yds Avg TD Long Rec Yds Avg TD Long
1964 OTT 1 2 71 35.5 0 57 0 0 0 0 0
1965 OTT 14 126 672 5.3 3 87 21 226 10.8 2 27
1966 OTT 14 140 641 4.6 2 33 17 166 9.8 3 39
1967 OTT 14 136 762 5.6 6 49 24 351 14.6 4 80
1968 OTT 11 137 911 6.6 6 60 16 115 7.3 1 20
Kickoff Returns
Year Team KOR Yds Avg TD Long
1964 OTT 0 18 0 0 18
1965 OTT 13 361 27.8 0 98
1966 OTT 16 434 27.1 0 58
1967 OTT 4 100 25 0 48
1968 OTT 0 0 0 0 0
Year Team F FL
1964 OTT 0
1965 OTT 6
1966 OTT 2
1967 OTT 5 3
1968 OTT 2 2
1972 Topps